Become a Research Subject
You can help our efforts to understand the brain and neurological disorders by becoming a research subject!
Want to Help Us Understand the Human Brain?
We need healthy research participants for of our research.
Contact Ashley to Particpate: OlsonLab[at]temple.edu
What We Study
We use cognitive neuroscience methods to study working memory, social memory, episodic memory, or general social cognition.
Some of our studies will help us to understand and treat neurological and psychiatric disorders, such as frontotemporal dimentia, autism, and schizophrenia. Many of the disorders we study cause serious impairments and are very difficult to treat. Further research is essential to helping people who suffer from psychiatric and neurological disorders live normal, healthy lives.
We also run some studies that aren't directly related to the treatment of psychiatric and neurological disorders. These studies are valuable because they help us to understand how the brain creates the mind and what it means to be human. For the first time in human history, we humans are beginning to understand our own brains. It's is a very exciting time for neuroscience!
Who We Need
We are looking for healthy volunteers to participate in our experiments. We have openings for older adults, middle-aged adults, young adults, and teenagers (before a minor can participate, his or her legal gaurdians need to consent).
Participants must be:
- Free of any psychiatric and/or neurological disorders.
- Free of drug abuse.
- Have normal or corrected-to-normal (glasses or contact lenses) vision and color vision.
If you think you might qualify, contact Ashley for more info: ashley.unger[at]temple.edu and fill out our screening form here: Olson Lab Web Screener
What We Do
Behavioral Studies: These studies involve viewing images on a computer monitor and responding based on what you see. Sometimes, you'll be asked to answer a series of questions about your social and emotional behaviors. Some studies involve the use of additional non-invasive equipment (e.g., a pair of special glasses).
fMRI Brain Imaging Studies: Our fMRI brain imaging studies are conducted at the University of Pennsylvania's Medical Center or Temple University Hospital. fMRI machines use magnetic fields to measure hemodynamic "brain activations," so we can see how your brain responds to certain stimuli or performs certain actions. The procedure is completely non-invasive and does not use radiation. To learn more about fMRI and participating in an fMRI experiment, click here.
How We Compensate You for Your Time
You will receive between $10 and $100 per hour, depending on the particular study, for study sessions. If you signed up through Temple University’s Department of Psychology’s research participant pool, you will receive course credit for your participation. Some studies may offer to enter you in a “lottery,” in which you can win between $50 and $500, depending on the study. We will compensate you for the cost to travel via public transit.
The experimenter will inform you of your compensation before you agree to participate in a study.
If you'd like to participate in a brain stimulation study using transcranial direct current stimulation, click here to learn more!!
Patients with Frontotemporal Dimentia
FTD is less common than Alzheimer's Disease. If you have received a clinical diagnosis of FTD and are interested in becoming involved in research, please contact us (olsonlab[at]temple.edu). We will try to get you involved with studies that we are conducting if you live in the Philadelphia area, or we can put you in contact with researchers in your area. Studies typically involve three or four hours of memory assessment and you are paid for your time.
Patients with Amnesia
True anterograde amnesia (not related to Alzheimer's Disease) is rare. This is especially true for developmental amnesia. If you believe that you are amnesic and are interested in becoming involved in research, please contact us (olsonlab[at]temple.edu). We will try to get you involved with studies that we are conducting if you live in the Philadelphia area, or we can put you in contact with researchers in your area. Studies typically involve three or four hours of memory assessment.